A calamitous mistake from Sydney FC goalkeeper and fringe Socceroo Andrew Redmayne ensured the Sky Blues’ Derby win drought would continue on Saturday evening.
Redmayne’s mistake was punished by Western Sydney’s James Troisi in the 68th minute to level the scores at 1-1, where they would remain at full-time.
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It came just minutes after a contentious penalty was given away by Troisi, and scored by Kosta Barborouses, to give Sydney the lead at Stadium Australia.
Troisi argued he had simply held his ground when Milos Ninkovic collided with him in the penalty area, but his protests were ignored.
In front of 14,402 fans, who were quieter than usual due to COVID-19 restrictions but still made more noise than expected, the Wanderers and Sky Blues found themselves locked 0-0 at half-time before an exciting five-minute patch where the result was determined.
The game was Sydney’s second of the season, and first since a 2-1 win over Wellington on January 2. They sit third on the table but now have not beaten their cross-town rivals in five attempts.
The Wanderers moved into fourth, the draw following their season-opening loss 1-0 to Macarthur and their 2-1 win over Newcastle on January 8.